Following each 2010 Hawks playoff game, SLAM Magazine's Lang Whitaker will chime in will his immediate reactions:
Tonight the Hawks had a chance to take control of this first-round playoff series. They didn't take advantage of that opportunity, losing 91-87. The Hawks led 69-61 after three quarters, and it was in the third quarter that the Hawks played their best. They pushed the tempo, dominated the paint, took advantage of mismatches, and generally just looked like a contender. Then it all fell apart.
The Hawks stopped moving the ball on offense and as if on cue, everything stopped working. The Bucks ended the game on an 18-5 run and beat the Hawks in their house. The Hawks shot a grand total of zero free throws in the fourth quarter. The Bucks shot 18. I don't know what I'm allowed to say about that discrepancy, so I won't say anything at all. But to me, 18-0 kind of speaks for itself.
Immediately after the game, Hawks fans on Twitter seemed to feel as though the series was over. The thing is, it isn't. The Hawks are still in this, still have as much of a chance as they did two weeks ago of moving on to the second round. The odds are against them, and after tonight's loss it's going to take an epic regrouping. But this is when teams prove themselves. And down 3-2, the Hawks definitely have something to prove.